Tyson plant near Nebraska-Iowa border to close temporarily for cleaning


A Tyson meat processing plant in Dakota City, Nebraska will close over the weekend for deep cleaning. The plant will not operate from Friday to Monday.

The plant employs more than 4,000 people and according to the Norfolk Daily News, local health officials are working with Tyson to ramp up screening for employees.

Dakota County now has more than 600 confirmed cases in a county of about 20,000 people. By comparison, Douglas County, where Omaha is located, has 580 cases and a population of more than 500,000.

Dakota City is about 7 miles from Sioux City, Iowa, which has 742 confirmed cases in its county. Sioux City is home to a large Seaboard Triumph plant.

While production has slowed at some Nebraska plants, this marks the first time a plant officially closed in the state. Neighboring states Iowa and South Dakota have been some of the most impacted by plant closures.

Workers at the plant will be paid while it is shutdown.